The Louisiana Classicist

June 16, 2014

Tulane Egyptologist to speak in Baton Rouge, June 17

Filed under: announcement,meetings — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 11:40 am
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TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2014

Tulane Egyptologist Melinda Nelson-Hurst investigates one of the items in the university’s collection of ancient Egypt artifacts. (Photo from Melinda Nelson-Hurst)

Dr. Melinda Nelson-Hurst (Tulane University)

5:30-7:30 p.m., Louisiana Art and Science Museum

To solve mysteries, Egyptologists not only search for clues about artifacts buried in the ground. They also explore those hidden from view in museum storage. For the past two years, Egyptologist Dr. Melinda Nelson-Hurst with Tulane University has been studying Tulane’s collection, including two mummies that were publicly unwrapped in the 1850s. Despite their sensational past – including having resided in a football stadium – and some relatively recent anthropological research, little was known about these artifacts until Dr. Nelson-Hurst and a physical anthropologist colleague at Tulane began to study them.

This talk is co-sponsored by the Louisiana Interest Group of the American Research Center in Egypt and the Louisiana Art and Science Museum.

The event will be held at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum (100 S River Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70802).

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June 21, 2011

a new theory of Cleopatra’s burial site

Filed under: just for fun,link — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 12:20 pm
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National Geographic Magazine has a feature article in the July 2011 issue entitled “The Search for Cleopatra.” The investigation, specifically for her tomb, is hindered by “Earthquakes, tidal waves, rising seas, subsiding ground, civil conflicts, and the unsentimental recycling of building stones,” not to mention the fact that most of the ancient city of Alexandria is now under 20 feet of sea water.

Follow the link above to see how the the hunt moves away from the city center, but (spoiler alert) is ultimately still a story without an ending.

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